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Friday, March 12, 2010

Aztec Chocolate Cupcakes from Mission Minis

Posted By on Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 2:57 PM

The sugary plankton of the local pastry scene. - J. BIRDSALL
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  • The sugary plankton of the local pastry scene.
As a daily windup to the Weekly's Best of S.F. 2010 on May 19, we've teased out 92 of our favorite local dishes that taste like here. All the tasty details after the jump.

Number 47: Aztec Chocolate Cupcakes from Mission Minis

While we've never turned down the offer of a cupcake, we're certainly not the kind of guy to go all Carrie Bradshaw over some pink and swirly, heavy-in-the-hand specimen ― one reason we're in love with Brandon Arnovick's cupcake-ettes from Mission Minis. Every day, Arnovick's storefront bakery on 22nd Street produces a pink pastry boxful of diminutive treats (approximately one-third the size of standard cupcakes) in flavors that, while they inhabit smallish morsels of cake, nevertheless deliver full-strength flavor. Our favorite? Aztec chocolate, crack-topped chocolate cakes with just enough cinnamon to make them skew Ibarra, but without pounding home the point. There's powdered chile in there, too, in quantities small enough just to turn up the heat one or two degrees Fahrenheit. And the bean-specked vanilla buttercream on top is homey with the faintly sandy texture of not-quite-dissolved sugar. Like Mission Minis' horchata-flavored cakes, Aztec chocolates represent what Arnovick calls a tilt of the hat to the neighborhood's Latino culture. We like them because they don't make us feel silly.

Mission Minis 3168 22nd St. (at Capp), 378-7827; also available at Philz, Whole Foods, Ritual, and Asqew Grill, among other locations

Hungry for more? Check out these previous links to our countdown:

No. 92: Cracked Half Dungeness from Swan Oyster Depot

No. 91: Pastrami Sandwich from Orson

No. 90: Coconut Bun from Out the Door on Bush

No. 89: Brown Sugar-Black Pepper Biscuits from Little Skillet

No. 87: Indian Pizza from Zante

No. 86: Tamales from All-Star

No. 85: Chilaquiles from Nopalito

No. 84: Poc Chuc from Poc-Chuc

No. 83: Chocolate Beignet from Arlequin Cafe

No. 82: Scallop Crêpe from Ti Couz

No. 81: Gin and Tonic from Pizzaiolo/Boot and Shoe Service

No. 80: Quesadilla from Rico Pan

No. 79: Turkey Kati Rolls from Kasa

No. 78: Emperor's Pancake from Suppenküche

No. 77: Lasagna from Zuppa

No. 76: Chicharrones from 4505 Meats

No. 75: Langka Ice Cream from Mitchell's

No. 74: Bacon Potato Chips from Who's Your Daddy

No. 73: Lamb Dumplings from Kingdom of Dumpling

No. 72: Chile-Braised Carnitas Sandwich from Bento 415

No. 71: Chili from Mission Burger

No. 70: Croissants from La Farine

No. 69: Xiu Mai Banh Mi from Saigon Sandwich

No. 68: Creme Brulee from Sweet.

No. 67: Limon Cebiche from Limon

No. 66: Chicken and Waffles from Brown Sugar Kitchen

No. 65: Brioche Bread Pudding from Tartine Bakery

No. 64: Turkish Salad from Old Jerusalem

No. 63: Ribs from Bruno's

No. 62: Prupisceddu in Umidu (Stewed Octopus) from La Ciccia

No. 61: Hot and Spicy Beef Jerky from Marin Sun Farms

No. 60: Pozole from Chilango

No. 59: Lobster Roll from Sam's ChowderMobile

No. 58: Dry-Fried Chicken Wings from San Tung

No. 57: John Campbell's Scones from Lovejoy's Tea Room

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